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Clinton v. Jones

Significance, Court Rejects Immunity Claim, Should Civil Suits Against The President Be Stalled Until He Is Out Of Office?


William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States


Paula Corbin Jones

Petitioner's Claim

That the president of the United States is immune from a lawsuit challenging his actions prior to his taking office during the term of his presidency.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Robert S. Bennett

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Gilbert K. Davis

Justices for the Court

Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens (writing for the Court), Clarence Thomas

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

27 May 1997


That the president does not enjoy immunity from a civil lawsuit for conduct not related to his official acts.

Related Cases

  • Nixon v. Fitzgerald, 457 U.S. 731 (1982).

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